Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Spring has Sprung

It’s that time of year again,
where we aren’t sure if it
is Winter or Spring.
The weather in Wisconsin
fools us, with some nice days
and some cold days.
When I think of the newness
of Spring,
I think about our hearts given
one more chance to be open and
accepting of others.
For some it is a difficult task
to stay open to others.
For others, it is easy and
readily done.
What does it take for your heart
to be open to others?
Such a simple task but one,
oh, so needed.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

I was stricken!

Hello, there is a world out there
where people aren’t sick!!!
I have been out of commission
for two weeks with the flu and bronchitis.
All the while I sat at home
thinking about what the world
was doing, since I couldn’t be
out in it!!!

There is so much going on in our world,
and some of us can watch it go by,
others jump right in and
and attempt to make it right.
As Sisters of St. Agnes,
we are one with the commoner,
the immigrant, the refugee!
Most of us are not afraid to say
that we are one in union with
those whose faith life and human
dignity are threatened.
And as I sat on my couch and
commiserated my plight
I took time to see
took time to ponder
took time to move myself
to action. 
I challenge you to take action too.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Negative Words

There’s lots of negativity
 going around right now. 
We use negative words 
all the time!!! 
I recently stopped to think 
about what the negative 
words do to peoples’ 
It drowns the good in us.
 It changes our attitude 
to that of hate and anger. 
Negative words HURT! 
People that use negative words 
change the minds of others. 
I myself have made it a 
challenge NOT to use 
negative words. 
Really, what’s the point 
but to hurt someone.
AND we don’t need that. 
So, today, challenge yourself.
Don’t use negative words!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017


With all that is happening
I can just say “WELCOME”
WELCOME those whose
faith life and human dignity
are threatened.
WELCOME those who
are different than us.
WELCOME those who
don’t have what we have.
WELCOME those who
have nowhere else to go.
WELCOME those who
are hated by the crowds.
who are the lowly
and downhearted.
WELCOME those who
are frightened and alone.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

How Do You Love?

How do you love the nubbies?
Those little parts of yourself
that you can’t quite love!
We all have them!
We all have areas in our lives
that we wish were different,
were “better” or more lovely.

We love them slowly!
We take the good parts
of ourselves and intermingle
the nubbies with those
Soon, we can stand to look
at the nubbies
and appreciate all
of ourselves.
Hopefully anyway!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

What is it really?

It is a new year….
A time for fresh starts
and new beginnings

A German custom we have
in our family is to be the first
to wish the other “Happy New Year”
in German gets a dollar.
My sisters and I have great fun
trying to be the first…
this year I lost two dollars!!!

But, what does it really mean to wish
others “Happy New Year?”
To me, it means to wish
them the very best for a new start
to show gratitude for what has been
and to give thanks for what is to come.
Let’s face it, when all the frivolity is over
And we are back to our everyday lives,
our Happy New Year wish
will certainly come in handy.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Winter Heart

Today is the first day of winter.
It is cold here and snowy
it is truly what you would
expect from winter.

Have you ever heard of
A winter heart?
I think that a winter heart
is one that is cold, stagnant
and not able to let love in.
I would much rather have
a summer heart….
full of love and warmth…
Some people have winter hearts
they can’t help it…
something has happened to them
to turn away from others.
I pray for those with winter hearts
I pray that they may open themselves
up to love and warmth…
Let us not have winter hearts
this Christmas season...
and, let us warm those who
we find have winter hearts.